The rapid spread of COVID-19 across borders has caused companies and organisations worldwide to fundamentally rethink and restructure the way they work. Telecommuting replaced office life, and e-learning substituted in-person workshops on a global scale. While GRID3 operations have not been untouched by the pandemic, the partnership’s reliance on innovative learning solutions since its inception has allowed for a fast adaptation to the new circumstances.
GRID3 has recently launched a webinar series in which GRID3 experts break down technical details about our work in a user-friendly and easily understandable manner. The series will include webinars about settlements, boundaries, population modeling, census, and other areas of GRID3 expertise.
To kick off the series, GRID3 experts introduce settlement work, detailing how we create and categorise settlement layers with potential health applications. See the video below.
The Government of Nigeria collaborated with researchers from the United Kingdom’s University College London (UCL) to study, using GRID3 Nigeria’s gridded population estimates, the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 — the virus causing the COVID-19 disease — across Nigeria.
GRID3’s support across various African borders enabled over a million US dollars in savings for Liberia’s government in a recent purchase of high-resolution satellite imagery. These funds can now be used to make other critical investments that modernise Liberia’s geospatial capabilities for census and national population data systems.
Accurate and accessible geospatial data plays a pivotal role in district planning for Zimba District, Zambia, where planners are trying to facilitate development. Through an interview with Josephine Chiila, District Planning Officer in Zimba, we learn how GRID3 population, settlement and infrastructure data are being used to identify service provision gaps and inform future development decisions.